Point of Interest

King William III Statue

England / Europe

Located at the South gate of Kensington Palace, this bronze statue of King William III was presented to King Edward VII for the British nation by his nephew, German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The sculpture illustrates King William III on his horse, with a mole hill visible by its hind leg. In 1702 Williams III’s horse unfortunately tripped over a molehill and the King broke his collarbone. Whilst in recovery, the King caught a chill and died later that year. The location of the sculpture is due to King William III’s preference to live at Kensington Palace due to asthma, as the air was cleaner here than at Whitehall. The statue was designed by H Bauke and installed in 1907. It is inscribed with the text ‘William III of Orange, King of Great Britain and Ireland presented by William II, German Emperor and King of Prussia to King Edward VII for the British Nation. 1907.’ 

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